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Robert Towne to Receive Screenwriters Tribute at 2015 Nantucket Film Festival

Screenwriter Robert Towne will be honored at the Nantucket Film Festival’s 2015 Screenwriters Tribute, the festival announced Thursday.

Best known for “Chinatown,” Towne also penned “Shampoo,” “The Last Detail” and “Mission: Impossible.” Past honorees of the tribute include Aaron Sorkin, Nancy Meyers, Charlie Kaufman and Alexander Payne.

“In our 20th anniversary year we could not be more thrilled to honor the incomparable Robert Towne,” NFF executive director Mystelle Brabbee said in a statement. “As a festival that recognizes achievements in screenwriting, Towne’s body of work has truly changed the landscape of American cinema.”

Towne will also engage in an public conversation with Chris Matthews (MSNBC’s “Hardball”) as part of the festival’s “In Their Shoes…” series. The festivities will be hosted by comedian David Steinberg. Epix will present the event.

In addition to Towne, the evening will also celebrate screenwriters Liz Garbus and Leslye Headland. Garbus’ “What Happened, Miss Simone?” will screen as the festival’s Centerpiece Film before it bows on Netflix. She will receive the Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling Award.

Headland, meanwhile, will receive the New Voices in Screenwriting Award. Her film “Sleeping With Other People” will screen as one of the festival’s Spotlight Films.

The Screenwriters Tribute is scheduled for June 27. The 20th annual Nantucket Film Festival runs June 24-29.

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